Posts Tagged ‘run’

5K

April 30, 2011

Well, I did it! I ran the Lifegate Women’s Run/Walk today!
I don’t think I would have kept running or finished as soon if my friend Deanna hadn’t run with me! (I’m positive, in fact!) Running is mostly mind over matter . . . Deanna’s got a very strong mind, and I’ve got the matter! We made a great duo!

I haven’t run an event since this same 5K a year ago! I shortened my time probably by 10 minutes which for a 5K is significant! So my advice to you is to run with a motivated friend who is also an encourager! (My other advice is, lay off the chocolate covered caramels! lol)

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week 8 adjourns

March 6, 2010

I’ve tried to keep from talking about my workouts too much, but since I’m finishing up my second month, figured I should mention my progress to anyone who’s interested.

I’m tremendously encouraged that in spite of several out-of-town trips and the ups and downs of schedules and health, I’m still at it! Weeks 7 and 8 have been more challenging physically for some reason, but I’m guessing that’s probably normal. I’ve had a sore hip-joint and recently I strained a hamstring, but nothing is stopping my progress and for that I’m grateful! It’s all part of it! (I’m realizing that if I’d tighten the muscles I’m supposed to during an exercise, I won’t strain something else! What a revelation! I eventually learn, and that’s good!)

Wednesday was so beautiful, I couldn’t help myself and ignored the treadmill, going out for a run up and down our street instead. It’s a two-mile course where I dodged snow piles, ice and puddles and carefully navigated the gravel as I jogged my way through the neighborhood. I felt vibrantly alive and invigorated! I wanted to keep running on and on, but made myself stop to get on with other tasks. Boy, it’s good I did!

I spoke at MOPS the next morning and had a great time with them. After driving home and fixing a bite of lunch I decided to sit and do some work on my computer. It was as if a giant pillow pressed me into my chair and held me captive! I couldn’t get up! I couldn’t keep my head up or my eyes open. I kept resisting but continued being over-powered by the pushing pillow of post-exercise exhaustion! I think I sat in that stupor for a couple of hours – I’m not sure!

Thursday I longed for another outdoor run, but even though the temp was right, the wind made it feel colder and I realized once again, with disappointment, that I am only a fair-weather runner. The conditions all have to be right, or I’ll find a way out. That’s precisely why I’ve never succeeded at working out. There’s always a reason not to!

And that’s precisely why I need a trainer! With a trainer there are no excuses. Perhaps reasons, or challenges to be worked through, but one is never let off the hook (or weight cables for that matter!)

I haven’t weighed myself or measured or done any kind of comparison with myself, but I’m feeling strong and energetic (except when plastered to a chair after a run!) I fit in my clothes better and am cinching up my belt a few notches – but it’s really about feeling good, which I do.

So, there you have it. Week 8 is about finished. I’m hoping I can continue training with Nick and Ashely, but if not, I hope I’ve learned enough to continue the winning process of weight training, consistent cardio and eating right. They all go together. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

By the way, how are you doing?